No England panic despite Kiwi defeat
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England all-rounder Chris Woakes insists there is no panic among the squad despite defeat in their only warm-up game in New Zealand.
The tourists declared on their overnight second-innings total of 256-9, leaving the New Zealand XI 334 to win on the final day of the four-day encounter and they reached their target for the loss of seven wickets in Queenstown.
Black Caps Test wicket-keeper BJ Watling was the star for the hosts with 89, while Tom Latham hit 48, Neil Broom made 41 and Corey Anderson smacked a rapid 44 towards the end of the innings.
Stuart Broad, Joe Root and Woakes each took two wickets, with Graeme Swann claiming the other, and despite the disappointment of losing a match in which they scored 426 in their first innings, Woakes admits it was not all doom and gloom after the contest.
"Our guys aren't too low as we know we played some good cricket over the past four days," he said. "It's good that we've had the chance to have a look at a few of their players, particularly their batsman.
"We have two warm-up days before the first Test so we can go away and think about our performance."